Cultural Violence and Destruction of Human Communities: New Theoretical Perspectives

1st Edition

Fiona Greenland, Fatma Müge Göçek

July 16, 2020 Forthcoming
Reference - 232 Pages - 16 B/W Illustrations
ISBN 9781138577336 - CAT# Y382813
Series: Mass Violence in Modern History

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This volume brings together leading sociologists and anthropologists to break new ground in the study of cultural violence. First sketched in Raphael Lemkin’s seminal writings on genocide, and later systematically defined by peace studies scholar Johan Galtung, the concept of cultural violence seeks to explain why and how language, symbols, rituals, practices, and objects are so frequently in the crosshairs of socio-political change. Recent conflicts in the Middle East, Africa, and Central Asia, along with renewed public interest in the repertoire of violence applied to the control and erasure of indigenous populations, highlights the gaps in our understanding of why cultural violence occurs, what it consists of, and how it relates to other forms of collective violence.

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